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Vol. 8 No.7 Oct/ Nov/Dec '1999 - Jan/Feb '2000



Auto Expo 2000: 12-18 January 2000

AUTO EXPO 2000, the largest Asian automotive show, organised by CII, SIAM AND ACMA, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi was inaugurated by Mr Murasoli Maran, Union Minister of commerce and Industry while the Auto Enterprise 2000 (a concurrent show ) was inaugurated by Ms Vasundhara Raje, Minister of State for Small Scale Industries and Agro and Rural Industries. The Expo, covered 65,000 sqm of space,through 18 halls with 20 participating countries -Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan Korea

Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore,Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Arb Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States. Of these five were first timers and five had country pavilions.

Over 1000 auto component and ancillary companies and 27 vehicle manufacturers exhibited.

Landmarks setting AUTO EXPO 2000 apart: 1) 25 new vehicles/models launched (2) many new auto launched by component manufacturers- Remsons Ltd, Sundaram-Clayton Ltd, Mutual Mecaplast Ltd and Clutch Auto Ltd, while Visteon, Delphi and many others exhibited complete systems for the first time (3) more than 1 million visitors estimated -much of the increase was business visitors (4) Green Pavilion environmental focus affirmed that the automotive industry was leading the charge towards improved environment (5) Auto Enterprise had grown and spread across three halls (6) 'Park & Ride', hugely successful (7) Cyber Café offering facilities of exhibitors (8) Remote control car race and (9) Painting competition for children.

Of the four Seminars two were conducted by SIAM -Latest Trends in Automotive Technologies; Asian Two Wheeler Congress and two by ACMA - Auto Component Supply Chain: Linking Big to Small and Combating the Cancer of Counterfeit Auto Parts.

Delegations were from -Federation of Asian Motorcycle Industries (FAMI), China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), Federation of Automobile Dealers' Association (FADA), Federation of All India Spare Parts Dealers Association (FAISPDA), Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE). Other delegates came from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, UAE, UK and USA, including Ford Motor Co., Toyota and the German-IGEP delegation which opened a new chapter in Indo-Germany trade relations with joint ventures and also strategic alliances for the manufacture of replacement parts.

12 January 2000 at Maurya Sheraton & Towers, New Delhi, the FORD Global Sourcing Team and delegates were welcomed by ACMA President Mr V K Mehta while Vice President Mr L Ganesh presented the Indian Automotive Industry. Mr Richard Sutton, Director Purchasing, Asia Pacific Operations and Associations made a detailed presentation which affirmed Ford as the largest truck manufacturer and 2nd largest car maker, operating in 38 countries. Explaining Ford's purchasing overview, he said the goal was to achieve the Company's vision of providing value to consumers by sourcing (a) highest quality items (b) latest technology valued by customers (c) at the lowest possible cost. One important factor of Ford's Supplier relationship was "think value not just price". Supplier expectations were in areas of Cost Quality, Technology and Delivery.

Following the meeting Ford confirmed support of Ford Detroit in organising a CEOs Delegation of USA in June 2000, including visits to key component suppliers.

There were other sector specific seminars held by the Exhibitors during the course of the Fair.

Opening remarks-

Mr Rahul Bajaj, President CII: Auto Expo, result of long standing and strong partnership between ACMA, SIAM and CII.

Mr. Venu Srinivasan, President, SIAM : Indian Automobile Industry changed rapidly and industry had made huge investments. Results to be seen in Asia's biggest auto show.

Mr V K Mehta, President ACMA: auto component sector accounted for over 50% of the Fair space, displayed technology, design, quality commensurate with the rapid changes in the automobile industry.

Mr Manohar Joshi, Minister of Industry (Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises) in his Valedictory Address suggested industry draw on resources available in the many engineering and technical Institutes of the country.

Mr Pran Talwar announced that the Sixth AUTO EXPO would be held from 15-21 January 2002 at New Delhi and the focus would be on cleaner technologies.